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MAKEUP COUNTER HYGIENE

Hello Gorgeous! Today’s post is an exciting and informative one that addresses the hygiene aspect of our makeup, yeah we should be conscious not only about body or food hygiene but also our makeup.

This article was contributed by Gbemisola Ademola Adebayo of Hegai and Esther Makeup Solutions…….enjoy 

 

We’re all guilty! At some point in our lives we have shared makeup with friends, sometimes even strangers (Oh so you think you’ve never shared makeup with strangers, what do you call testing makeup displayed at makeup counters? Do u know how many people have dipped their fingers into that same tester?!!!).

How would you feel if you visited your doctor and you see him moving from one patient to another without wearing gloves or sterilising his equipments? As a patient in a hospital you would expect the medical personnel to adhere to strict hygienic standards; and you would by no means allow a nurse to inject you with a used syringe for fear of cross infection. If people in the medical profession do not share certain objects among patients so also should you be selfish and not share your makeup with people; you should observe some level of hygiene standard when it comes to makeup.
While most cosmetics contain preservatives to help slow the growth of bacteria and fungus, sometimes this isn’t enough to prevent your makeup from getting contaminated. In fact, in one study researchers found bacteria such as Staphylococcus Aurues (which causes conjunctivitis and boils), and Escherichia coli ,commonly abbreviated E. Coli (which can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and kidney failure) in department store makeup testers. E. Coli normally live in the digestive tract and is found in stool. It is spread when people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom and then touch another surface. So close your eyes for a minute and picture one of the makeup counter visitors accidentally picking up the E. Coli bacteria while she was at the restroom, she doesn’t wash her hands, she strolls majestically to the makeup counter and immediately swipes some lip-gloss with her fingers…hold on don’t throw up just yet…then imagine you swiping that same lip-gloss on your lips, and then the E. Coli bacteria present in the makeup swims through the mucous membranes of your mouth to your blood streams and settles in your stomach…ok, you can throw up now!

Each time you touch a lipstick or mascara, you are potentially introducing germs to the product. And the more people who use it, the greater the likelihood of spreading infection. Since mucous membranes are more susceptible to getting infected, lip and eye products should never be shared under any circumstances. Bacteria and infections, such as conjunctivitis, can be transmitted through sharing mascara. Eyelash mites and mucous membranes around the eye can stick to a mascara wand and be transferred to others who use it.

So next time when you visit your favourite makeup store, insist that each product is sterilized before you try them on, and use disposable applicators not the brushes that come with the products. Unfortunately not so many makeup stores around here give out disposable applicators to customers, so it’s advisable you leave the house with your own applicators, and sterilizing lotion. If possible avoid weekend visits to cosmetic counters, because the stores are busier then, more people have been handling the testers, and the attendants might not be able to observe proper hygiene practise.

Conclusively, there is a question I ask myself before I use makeup testers, this has really helped me to adopt a hygienic approach to how I shop for makeup – I ask myself, Gbemi are you sharing mascara or are you sharing conjunctivitis?
 
 

HOME MADE FACIAL SCRUB – LEMON JUICE + SUGAR

When I read or hear about home beauty remedies, I usually like to try it out and then write about it. Here’s my writeup about the Lemon juice facial thingy.

Items needed

Lemon juice, granulated sugar, small cut, knife.

Method

Wash lemon fruit. Rub well so that you can get all the juice easily. Cut into 2 and put juice into a small cup.

Sprinkle the sugar onto a cotton pad and pour a little juice on it. Gently rub on to a clean (makeup free) face avoiding the under eye areas though. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Splash cold water on the face afterwards to close the pores.

Result

Your face feels smooth immediately, you can repeat the process two to three times a week depending on your skin type. Also if you have very sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with water before applying on your face.

I really like this process because my skin feels very smooth and it glows even without wearing makeup especially after applying moisturizer. It’s a very natural way to cleanse/exfoliate the skin.

You can try it out and please share your experience.

Love,

Damsel.

VALENTINE’S MAKEUP TIPS

Valentine is here , red is the colour at this time but looking all ‘redded up’ might not be a good idea i.e- red top/blouse/outfit, red accessories, red eye shadow, red lipstick, red hair or a tint of red hair, red shoes and bag, , red phone etc ROTFL. Do you mind this look?

A hint of red is okay to do the trick and still look fab. Remember, it’s all about ‘ATOUCH of red.

You might want to change your mind at this point about your outfit/makeup for that day. lol. Here’s some few tips for you though:

1. Less is more, keep it simple

2. Be natural, if you’re not a fan of red eye shadow and would love to wear one on that day, try the look  you would like to create before the day because wrong application of red eye shadow will pass off as a bruise, tiredness, red eye etc

3. Concentrate on a part of your outfit/look you like to emphasize: clothes, hair, shoes, purse, eyes, lips, accessories etc preferably one or two out of the list.

4. Relax and have fun

Don’t you just love Rihanna’s look? Share your thoughts.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

(Copied, author unknown)

How to stay young:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, pray and move on LIVE while you are alive, and know that God, family and friends LOVE you.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And if you don’t send this to at least four people – who cares? But do share this with someone.

HOME MADE FACIAL MASK – ORANGE PEEL

I saw it somewhere that using orange peel with yoghurt is a wonderful way to exfoliate the skin so I decided to try it out.

Items needed:

Fresh orange peel, yoghurt (low fat), dry blender, spoon and bowl

The Method:

Wash an orange very well and wipe with clean cotton cloth. Peel carefully and put the peel in a blender (for dry ingredients) and blend. It will not be completely smooth but you will get lots of smaller particles from it. Put contents into a bowl and add one or two scoops of yoghurt depending on the quantity of the orange peel and your preferred consistency. Stir well until the yoghurt mixes well with the orange peel.

Apply mixture onto your washed face, spread gently and avoid the under eye areas, leave to dry and wash with lukewarm water. Splash cold water unto your face afterwards to close the pores.

My experience:

A minute after application I felt a sting on my face and I thought ‘ oh this thing is working, killing all the bacteria on my face’! After like 2 minutes, it was intense, I wanted to bear it for five minutes and allow the mixture to dry but then I realized my face was burning. OMG! my face was practically on fire, I had to rinse immediately, wiped gently and applied Vaseline twice (instead of moisturizer) to make sure my skin didn’t burn. I was quite scared my face was already burnt and would have scars/uneven pigmentation later but that did not happen.

Maybe the yoghurt I used was not right or I missed out a step. Dunno what went wrong but I’m so NOT trying it again. If you feel you can, try it out with a yoghurt of your choice and share your experience.

Love,

Damsel.

More tips for brides

Hello, thanks for stopping by. My previous post in this section was tips for brides-to-be but I stumbled upon some other useful advice from MiNK London and decided to share. Enjoy!

ADVICE FOR BRIDES

Brides should approach wedding beauty in the same way they do the rest of their wedding preparations… its’s all about planning. In a perfect world, brides should start their regime six months ahead, but you can still achieve the look you want in less time.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE

Healthy eating and drinking

Drinking over one and a half liters of water a day will ensure your skin is clear and glowing. Being fully hydrated you will also be able to function more efficiently and think more clearly. Limiting alcohol intake will not only aid slimming, but also reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Facials

Any skin concerns, such as acne, deep lines, puffiness around the eyes or pigmentation marks can all be minimized through a regular facial routine. You should continue this into your home beauty regime for maximum benefits. A non-surgical facelift is an excellent and natural way of contouring and re-freshening the look of the face, to ensure the very best look for photos.

THREE MONTHS BEFORE

Facials

You should not be in the swing of a regular monthly facial. Remember to pay particular attention to the decollete including next firming treatments. This is often an area that is missed and will be on display on the day.

Eye treatments

Eyelash tinting and lengthening treatments along with eyebrow shaping and tinting can make a huge difference to the overall look. Most celebrities appreciated the strong impact that well-defined brows can have on framing the face, which is essential for photography. Semi-permanent eyelashes are now extremely popular and can be used to give a natural look.

ONE MONTH BEFORE

Make-up

Organize a trial wedding make-up session including a trial for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. It is important to try different colours to see what suits the image you want to achieve. Don’t try to change this too much from how you would normally look otherwise your new husband may not recognize you. The makeup artist will aim to bring out your natural beauty and to give you a radiant glow.

FINAL WEEK

Massage

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, or reflexology to help wind down in the final run up to the big day.

THE BIG DAY

Today should be focused purely on hair, makeup and getting dressed. We strongly recommend you to eat something that will give you energy throughout the day. A Bach’s rescue remedy might help with any anxious feelings and might help you to feel calmer, alternatively a glass of Champagne works just as well – but remember not too many!

(copied from MiNK London)

TIPS FOR BRIDES –TO – BE

 

 

Beauty starts on the inside, the following tips will help any bride prepare (like a few weeks) for her wedding day:

i. Drink lots of water to hydrate the skin and flush out toxins

ii.  Eat healthy – include fresh fruits and vegetables, clean proteins such as beans, chicken and fish in your diet

iii. Indulge yourself, take relaxing baths or visit a spa.

iv. Get a massage – facial and body

v. Exercise at least three times a week to strengthen your body and calm your mind.

vi. Take things easy, slow down rather than rushing to get from start to finish.

vii.  Delegate as much as possible – get an event manager or assign duties to friends and families. This will take huge stress off you.

viii. Prioritize

I wish you the very best and congratulations in advance. 😀

 

Dos and Don’ts when applying everyday make-up

DOS
  • Use a brown pencil slightly lighter in colour than the brow hair for the brows
  • A wine/brown pencil is suitable for the lips. A lip pencil that also matches the colour of the lipstick/lip gloss to be applied is very appropriate.
  • Use a shade of blush close to the lip color/stick to be applied.

DONT’S

  • Wine, red or black pencil is not appropriate on the brows for an every day look.
  • Black pencil is not fitting on the lips for an normal/day-to-day look.
  • Bitting the lips as an habit is very inappropiate because it deforms the lips.

Basic Make-up Collections

  1. Foundation
  2. Powder – loose, compact or silky pressed
  3. Eye Brow groomer/razor or tweezer
  4. Eye Shadow base
  5. Eye shadow
  6. Mascara – colored or clear
  7. Eye liners – pencil, liquid
  8. Lip colour/gloss
  9. Lip pencils
  10. Brow pencil/gel
  11. Blush
  12. Brushes – foundation, powder, lip, eye shadow, blush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Beauty Tips for women of Color

Beauty starts with smooth, healthy and glowing skin. Apart from a woman’s hair, the next noticeable part of her body is her face. If facial skin is set, any amount of makeup applied will enhance beauty and will require much less efforts. Beauty is not only in the eyes of the beholder, Beauty is in the hands of the brush holder too.

If you take care of your skin, your ‘complexion’ will take care of itself (Helena Rubinstein)

Here’s some tips about caring for your face:

1. Use a facial scrub at least three times a week

2.  Keep fingers away from the face:

A lot of times people get used to picking/bursting acne on the face turning to black spots on the face but rather, leave the acne as it’ll dry off on it’s own after a few days. Causes of Acne includes: stress, hormonal flunctuations, bad cosmetics, birth control pills and other medications but if the skin is set the breakouts will be minimal except that which comes as a result of the use of bad cosmetics.

3.  Buy cosmetics/makeup from renowned supermarkets or Beauty Consultants.

Don’t equate ‘dermatologically tested’ with better quality.

4. Reduce sugar intake.

5.  Use moisturizers.

One could use an oil control or oil free moisturizer, avoid products with pore clogging ingredients

6.  Wash face before sleeping at night if too tired to take a shower.

This prevents dirt accumulation and keeps the pores open. Skin care products works better at night because the body undergoes repair at night.

7.  Eat and stay healthy.

Take lots of water, fruits and vegetables.

8.  Exercise, smile always and have a positive mind.

9.  Strict adherence to skin care/ beauty regimen.

Hope this was helpful. If you have questions on beauty tips or makeup in general, kindly leave a comment below.

Love,

Damsel.